- INEC has summoned an emergency meeting following President Buhari's assent to the reworked Electoral Act Amendment Bill
- The meeting scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 26, in Abuja seeks to discuss the implementation of the new law
- The national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye made the announcement in a statement
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will hold an extraordinary meeting on Saturday, February 26, to decide on new dates for the 2023 general polls, Vanguard reports.
This is following President Muhammadu Buhari's assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill on Friday, February 25, in Abuja.
INEC in a statement by Dr. Festus Okoye, the national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee said the meeting is to deliberate on the way forward for the polls next year, The Guardian added.
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According to him, the meeting is to deliberate on issues around the signing of the Electoral Act, tight timelines imbedded in the bill.
Other matters to be discussed include the issuance of notice for the election as well as the date for the release of the timetable and schedule of activities.
He said the meeting will also determine actions to be taken on the issuance of 2023 electoral timelines.
Okoye went on to note that the journey to the 2023 general election will be challenging, adding that the commission will deploy creative, innovative and scientific strategies in the discharge of its responsibilities.
“The alteration, release and issuance of Timetable and Schedule of Activities are the prerogative of the Commission. The Commission has scheduled an extraordinary meeting for Saturday February 26, 2022 to deliberate on issues around the timelines imbedded in the Act.
“The Commission will also deliberate on the issue of issuance of Notice for the Election as well as the Timetable and Schedule of Activities. The new Law is fundamental and the Commission is convoking an extraordinary meeting to deliberate on its provisions.”
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Atiku explained that the electoral commission needs to make the move now that the legal framework for the 2023 elections is in place.
The former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate made the remark in a tweet shortly after President Buhari signed into law the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2022.